• A Train the Trainer Course has been designed to assist potential trainers from agencies or communities to deliver three short courses on aspects of human rights in Australia to newly arrived refugees and community groups.

    Train the trainer manual based on the Human Rights in Australia booklet series. (PDF)

  • Refugees from many different communities have told us about their confusion over human rights in families in Australia. Instead of rights being seen as something good about life in Australia, some see rights as negative or as a problem for their family.

    This book explains some of these rights and what they mean for families.

    At the back of this book you will find summaries of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

    There are references to these Human Rights Conventions throughout the Booklet.

  • When refugees first arrive in Australia, one of the biggest changes they often have to face is the difference in rights for women. These rights form part of our legal system. They are based on the international human rights law.

    This booklet is intended to assist families who arrived in Australia as refugees, to understand more about women’s rights in Australia.

  • In Australia, all people are entitled to enjoy their human rights. This means that mothers and fathers, children, and all members of the community have the same rights. However, it does not mean that we can insist on our own rights in such a way that it hurts another person, or that we can take away their rights.

    This booklet is about the rights of children In Australia. It is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

  • The Centre for Refugee Research wish to thank the following organisations and individuals for their support and generosity in enabling the production of this Training:

    • Refugee communities from around the world for working with the Centre to undertake the consultation process and giving valuable critical evaluation of the process and pilot training sessions.
    • ARC Linkage Industry partners AMES Australia, Diversitat Geelong, the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS), the Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT) and the Townsville

    Multicultural Support Group (TMSG) for supporting this research and to their staff who were active participants in the initial pilot of this Training of Trainers Program.

    • Centre associates and staff Geraldine Doney, Rebecca Eckert, Rochelle Baughan, Marcela Garrett and Kristy Ward for facilitating consultations and training sessions and continuously seeking to improve the process.
    • UNSW Australia interns for undertaking the vital task of documenting the process to enable real outcomes to be achieved.


    With many thanks to Damayanthi Muthukamaraga and Anna Gilet for the graphics used in the Slides and Angela O’Connell for layout of materials.


    This Training Package was produced as part of the ARC Funded Linkage Project - The Meaning of Rights in Refugee Settlement, with additional funding provided by UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture. It is based on the Human Rights In Australia series of 3 booklets originally produced by the UNSW Centre for Refugee Research with AMES Australia and an introductory training program funded by the Myer Foundation.

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